Pediatric Clinical Research Office
Welcome to Penn State Hershey Pediatric Clinical Research
The mission of the Pediatric Clinical Research Office (PCRO) is to enhance, foster and promote organized clinical research within the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. By stimulating clinical research, the Pediatric Clinical Research Office will help Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center meet its goals of patient care, teaching, service and research. The PCRO is currently and strives to continue to be active in PSU investigator-initiated research through collaborations between faculty and our office and its research staff. The PCRO helps investigators initiate new studies and provides recruitment, consent writing, regulatory, budgetary, and data collection assistance where needed. This help may also include administrative, procedural, and case report documentation. Help is also provided to investigators with industry-sponsored clinical trials. The PCRO promotes investigator initiated research within Central Pennsylvania, trains our staff to promote quality research within the Hershey Medical Center and the adoption of "Good Clinical Practices." More...
Do you have a child with Asthma?
Researchers at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center are recruiting children age 6 -17 years old with doctor - diagnosed asthma to look at different approaches to asthma management. Please click here to view a flyer explaining this research project.
Click here for more information on the Cure Asthma Study.
Agave Cough Study
Has your child been diagnosed with a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection (URI)?
Recent studies and guidelines have questioned the effectiveness of the oral over-the-counter treatments for cough and cold symptoms (traditional cough medicine). This has left parents and patients with limited options to treat their cold symptoms. This study is being done to find out if a new formulation of agave cough syrup will be superior to a placebo or no treatment for control of nighttime cough and sleep difficulty due to a cold.
Click here for more information on the Agave Cough Study.
Does your child have symptoms of a possible respiratory viral infection?
We are evaluating respiratory viral nasal swab samples for use on a new diagnostic instrument and test for the detection of respiratory viral infections. This research is being done to find out the sensitivity and specificity of a new instrument as compared to standard culture testing; in other words, how well our product detects and correctly identifies various respiratory viruses in patient samples.
Click here for more information on our Flu Study.